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Student Artists, Board Members Celebrated at Artist Reception

The Ken-Ton School District celebrated the talents of nine student artists and their art teachers at a special event on October 19 which also recognized the contributions of the five volunteers who serve on the Board of Education.

The annual Student Artist Reception and Board of Education Appreciation Night is held each year during School Board Recognition Week in October. The event not only recognizes the importance of art in our schools but the service of school board members as well.

Art teachers from across the district selected one student artist from each school to be recognized at this year’s reception. The students’ artwork, created during the 2020-21 school year, was framed and put on display in the Community Room at the Kenmore Middle School Building. Two of the works were also selected to be duplicated, framed, and presented to each Board of Education member as a token of gratitude for their service.

The students, the title of their work, and their art teachers were:

  • Harper Dabolt, Hoover ES (Teacher – Jennifer Lynch): “Tropical Birds”
  • Fiona Wright, Franklin ES (Teacher – Elaine Korczykowski): “Still Life”
  • Benjamin Utzig, Holmes ES (Teacher – Jen Leone) “Wonders of the Ocean”
  • Shea Kibrick, Edison ES (Teacher – Wendy Yiengst) “Hello Summer!”
  • Julia Miller, Lindbergh ES (Teacher – Lavinia Kirdani) “Koi Fish”
  • Lucenzo Deeb, Kenmore West HS (Teacher – Amy Veltri) “Your Prince”
  • Shaan Li Hartigan, Franklin MS (Teacher – Gustavo Glorioso) "Still Life: Van Gogh’s Flow”
  • Zoey Dettbarn, Kenmore West HS, representing Hoover Middle (Teacher – Gina McCartney) “Spring Day”
  • Amanda Sansone, Kenmore East HS (Teacher – Matthew Sagurney) “Topaz”

The annual Student Artist Reception and Board of Education Appreciation Night is coordinated each year by District Clerk Gina Santa Maria and District Art Coordinator Denise Carr. The event coincides with New York State School Boards Association School Board Recognition Week, which is observed throughout New York State to reflect on and thank Board of Education members for their service. In Ken-Ton, the school district is governed by five dedicated trustees who volunteer their time to serve the students of the district: Board President Matthew Chimera, Board Vice President Dr. Thomas Reigstad, Trustee Lesley Battaglia, Trustee Jennifer Morrow, and Trustee Todd Marquardt.

Two works were selected to be duplicated, framed, and presented to Board of Education members. They were Edison Elementary student Shea Kibrick's work, entitled “Hello Summer!” and Kenmore East student Amanda Sansone's work, entitled “Topaz."

The Ken-Ton School District is widely recognized as having one of the leading art education programs in the entire Western New York region. Students are exposed to a robust offering of art education programs beginning in kindergarten. This includes two comprehensive high school art career pathways, one in the Fine Arts and one in the Media Arts, as well as opportunities to earn advanced certifications and partnerships with local art galleries and organizations. To learn more, visit